lads from "normal"regts going"there"?

#1
this might sound a bit waltish,but i assure you its not!just curiosity...has there been many lads from "normal" regts go for selection,and be succesful?by normal i mean not cdo,para or special ops,cos there the ones most people would automatically think of,we had a lad in 26,he went but was unsuccessfull,me and him met up in 34 bty just before i got out,for those of you guessing he changed his surname(cant think why haha)dont know if he tried again??
 
#2
It used to be so many moons ago and suspect it still is the case. One of the guys to climb everest years ago was regular RA and SAS.
 
#3
I know loads of guys from 29 who have attempted and failed selection, i don't know that it makes much of a difference what your background is. It does help I suppose coming from regiments who actively support you in time off for preperation and the like which i know both 29 and 7th do.
 
#4
Out of interest, is it possible now to put yourself forward for selection, or is it still a "by invitation" only process ?, thanks.
 
#5
It has always been a volunteer process. Some units try to dissuade good candidates but that is a personality driven thing and quite wrong IMHO (and according to QRs too!). Several non-airborne or cdo gunners have made it through and as MM says, several from 7 or 29 have failed. One of the more distinguished cdo gunner BCs did two tours in the SAS I believe BEFORE going cdo gnr.
 
#6
Cuddles said:
It has always been a volunteer process. Some units try to dissuade good candidates but that is a personality driven thing and quite wrong IMHO (and according to QRs too!). Several non-airborne or cdo gunners have made it through and as MM says, several from 7 or 29 have failed. One of the more distinguished cdo gunner BCs did two tours in the SAS I believe BEFORE going cdo gnr.

Ooooo I love a quiz I can think of a couple of CO's who did it but not BC's!
 
#7
Cuddles said:
It has always been a volunteer process. Some units try to dissuade good candidates but that is a personality driven thing and quite wrong IMHO (and according to QRs too!). Several non-airborne or cdo gunners have made it through and as MM says, several from 7 or 29 have failed. One of the more distinguished cdo gunner BCs did two tours in the SAS I believe BEFORE going cdo gnr.
Rgr, thanks Cuddles, i only ask because early 80's i was informed by my BC that i had been chosen to join the party (lets just say that i turned down the offer) and as far as i know that was the only way to get a shot at it, i had never heard of anyone asking to go but then again maybe i wouldnt have, but i dont remember anyone dissapearing without trace from our lot ... :plotting:
 
#8
Double_Duck said:
Cuddles said:
It has always been a volunteer process. Some units try to dissuade good candidates but that is a personality driven thing and quite wrong IMHO (and according to QRs too!). Several non-airborne or cdo gunners have made it through and as MM says, several from 7 or 29 have failed. One of the more distinguished cdo gunner BCs did two tours in the SAS I believe BEFORE going cdo gnr.
Rgr, thanks Cuddles, i only ask because early 80's i was informed by my BC that i had been chosen to join the party (lets just say that i turned down the offer) and as far as i know that was the only way to get a shot at it, i had never heard of anyone asking to go but then again maybe i wouldnt have, but i dont remember anyone dissapearing without trace from our lot ... :plotting:
Take it you don't quite grasp the concept of all volunteer units then?
 
#9
LOl, that was my point it appeared to be a "volunteer" unit as long as you didnt volunteer for it, maybe that was part of the Secret Squirrel persona... :batman:
 
#14
Pretty sure he was a BC, in 26 not 29...then became a doctrine Nazi!
 
#16
meiktilaman said:
Cuddles said:
It has always been a volunteer process. Some units try to dissuade good candidates but that is a personality driven thing and quite wrong IMHO (and according to QRs too!). Several non-airborne or cdo gunners have made it through and as MM says, several from 7 or 29 have failed. One of the more distinguished cdo gunner BCs did two tours in the SAS I believe BEFORE going cdo gnr.

Ooooo I love a quiz I can think of a couple of CO's who did it but not BC's!
Morning JJ.
My ex BC, Attempted, and i think you may know of him.
For the interests of COMSEC lets call him....
"Kill Em All..K####
From you old Battery, in the wilds of Scotland.... :thumright:
 
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